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From Starvation to Security in 10 Years: A Measurably Successful Program in Bangladesh

2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week

Tuesday, April 1
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Busch Student Center 251

Sponsored By: Department of Political Science

Partners in Sustainable Development International (PSDI) is a nonprofit organization committed to permanently eradicating poverty among the rural poor in the developing world. The PSDI Model is based on the concept that the poorest people in the world are capable of becoming self-sufficient with a little help. The Model is being implemented in Bangladesh as PEP (Poverty Eradication Program). The PSDI Model is holistic in nature, recognizing that the extreme poor face so many obstacles to their economic recovery that only a comprehensive program can offer them a permanent uplift from poverty. The Model encourages the poorest families to form partnerships, which allow them to devise creative solutions to their own social, economic and environmental problems, and then helps them to obtain the resources necessary to bring those plans to fruition. Each family member has a role and every program has an educational component. Their successes are measurable due to a system that uses a ground up delivery approach. Through a network of trained, field, social workers in the villages, partner families are visited biweekly to monitor their progress in meeting their interim goals. Most families enter the program near starvation and are able to realize their dream of financial stability and independence within ten years. To date, 94,000 families (470,000 people) have been partners and 87,000 children have completed PEP primary schools. Virginia Klein is a co-founder and the Executive Director of PSDI. Ms. Klein will present on the PSDI Model, its implementation and success in Bangladesh, as well as its potential for eradicating poverty around the globe. She will conclude the presentation with a question and answer session on the organization, its endeavors, and the realities of international poverty.

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